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NFL News Roundup – 5/14/17

Despite the warmer weather–if you live outside of Oregon–don’t be fooled into thinking that there is nothing happening in the NFL. In fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure, the NFL Draft is over and Training Camps haven’t started yet, but teams are still making moves. Plus, rookie minicamps are taking place as hopeful stars strive to make an impact and earn a roster spot.

With these details in mind, let’s recap some news from the NFL, starting with an injured tackle in Houston:

Derek Newton Heads to the PUP List

Last season, Texans right tackle Derek Newton tore his Patellar Tendons in both legs while blocking Broncos pass rusher extraordinaire, Von Miller. The move sent him to the injured reserve and critically damaged the offensive line’s integrity. Newton underwent two lengthy surgeries as well as months of rehab, but he isn’t quite ready to rejoin the team. Announced Friday, the Texans have placed Newton on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. He’s still part of the team but won’t count against the 90-man Training Camp roster. Houston was awarded cornerback Marcus Roberson off waivers from the Buffalo Bills to fill Newton’s spot.

Sean Harlow Practicing at Right Tackle

After losing Super Bowl LI to the New England Patriots, the Atlanta Falcons were dealt another blow as starting right tackle Chris Chester suddenly retired. In response, Atlanta signed four free agent offensive linemen and drafted former tackle Sean Harlow from Oregon State. All of these linemen have the opportunity to earn the job, but it appears that Harlow may have the head start. The former tackle has shorter arms and will need to be inside to guard as a pro, and the Falcons are starting that process early in the rookie minicamp.

Vaughn McClure of ESPN is reporting that Harlow lined up at right guard during the first day of Falcons minicamp. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues throughout the rest of the weekend. If Harlow earns that starting guard spot, he will be the second Oregon State guard on the Falcons’ offensive line (Andy Levitre is the first).

Tom Brady to Be Madden Cover Athlete

Ray Lewis, Larry Fitzgerald, Brett Favre (Jets), and Favre (Packers). Oh, and don’t forget Peyton Hillis. These NFL players have all been featured on the cover of Madden video games throughout the years. Some players were fantastic after gracing store shelves (Calvin Johnson) while others dealt with injuries (Troy Polamalu, Rob Gronkowski) and jail time as part of the “Madden Curse” that seemingly strikes every featured athlete. At least that’s what we are told to believe. The Madden Curse is more myth than reality, but that’s not what’s really important. No, what truly matters is the fact that this version of Madden is called the “G.O.A.T. Edition”. Quite fitting.

Denver Will Have a RB Competition

In an interview with Troy Renck of KMGH-TV in Denver, new head coach Vance Joseph said that the Broncos wouldn’t name a starting running back, at least until the summer. Instead, Joseph will let the four-man competition play out before he chooses a starter. And what a competition it will be. The Broncos currently have former starter CJ Anderson, second-year back Devontae Booker, sixth-round pick De’Angelo Henderson, and former Chiefs star, Jamaal Charles. Considering that Anderson is coming off a knee injury suffered in 2016, and Booker has underwhelmed at times, Charles could have a leg up on the competition during the early process. Although Henderson is a true unknown at this point. Expect Charles to get the early starts during Training Camp while Anderson and Booker rotate in.

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John Newby

A Minnesota Vikings fan from Oregon who writes about the Houston Texans and discusses nerdy topics.
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